Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | December 16, 2019
A headshot of Ravi Pendse, U-M VPIT-CIO

Greetings, everyone. 

I hope you enjoyed the Michigan IT Symposium as much as I did! I was humbled by the knowledge, experience, and passion for supporting the University of Michigan. I am grateful for each and every person who planned, volunteered, presented, and attended—you help make Michigan IT a vibrant and collaborative community!

Thank you to the symposium co-chairs, Andrea Bolash and Michael Warden, for reminding us that we do not need a symposium to make connections with each other, but reserving time each November to gather as a community together sure helps. Our challenge now is to take the incredible energy from the event and sustain it through the year ahead.

Looking back over the past year, I am grateful for the incredible work you continue to do everyday. We made great progress working as a collaborative Michigan IT community. We also have opportunities and challenges ahead of us in 2020, such as:

  • How do we handle storage for the university?
  • Are we doing everything we can to enhance data-informed decision making?
  • How do we make sure we are listening to our researchers and providing them with the technology and support they need to do their ground-breaking research?

What else can we accomplish by working as one Michigan IT community, focused on our users? I am interested in hearing your thoughts on how I can help you succeed in the new year.

Our best is yet to come, and I have no doubt that working together as a community and supporting each other, we will make the University of Michigan the leader in the appropriate use of technology among our peers and in the world.

I hope you have a restful winter break with your loved ones. Happy New Year!

Best regards,


Ravi Pendse PhD
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
University of Michigan